Pierce Pierce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pierced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Piercing}.] [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. {Contuse}, {Parch}, {Pertuse}.] 1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument. ``I pierce . . . her tender side.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery. ``Pierced with grief.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Can no prayers pierce thee? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pierced — [pirst] adj. 1. having a small hole made by piercing; specif., having such a hole in its lobe [pierced ears] 2. for wearing in a pierced ear [pierced earrings] …   English World dictionary

  • Pierced — Pierced, a. Penetrated; entered; perforated. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pierced — pierced; un·pierced; …   English syllables

  • pierced — adjective Date: 14th century 1. having holes; especially decorated with perforations 2. having the flesh punctured for the attachment of a piece of jewelry < pierced ears > < a pierced tongue > 3. designed for pierced ears < pierced earrings > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pierced — /pearst/, adj. 1. punctured or perforated, as to form a decorative design: a pendant in pierced copper. 2. (of the ear) having the lobe punctured, as for earrings. 3. (of an earring) made to be attached, as by a post or wire, through the hole in… …   Universalium

  • pierced — adj. Pierced is used with these nouns: ↑ear, ↑nipple, ↑nose …   Collocations dictionary

  • pierced — [[t]pɪərst[/t]] adj. 1) jew punctured or perforated, as to form a decorative design 2) jew (of the ear) having the lobe punctured, as for earrings 3) jew (of an earring) made to be worn in a pierced ear • Etymology: 1300–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • pierced — adjective having a hole cut through pierced ears a perforated eardrum a punctured balloon • Syn: ↑perforated, ↑perforate, ↑punctured • Similar to: ↑cut …   Useful english dictionary

  • pierced — pɪrst / pɪəst adj. perforated, having holes, punctured pɪrs /pɪəs v. prick, stab; perforate, make a hole; penetrate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pierced — adj (usu. for decorative purposes) perforated, punctured, riddled, honeycombed; pitted, pocked, dented, indented; hammered, distressed, marred, blemished …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder